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BETTER CALL SAUL
Air Date: Monday, August 06, 2018
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on AMC
Episode Title: (#401) "Smoke"
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***TUNE-IN ALERT***

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH

UNEASY ALLIANCES ARE FORMED ON AMC'S OUTRAGEOUS DRAMA "PREACHER" AT 10:00PM ET/PT

MONDAY, AUGUST 6TH

JIMMY COMES FACE TO FACE WITH CHUCK'S FATE ON THE SEASON FOUR PREMIERE OF AMC'S "BETTER CALL SAUL" AT 9:00PM ET/PT

AMC'S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, "LODGE 49," THE LIGHT-HEARTED, ENDEARING MODERN FABLE STARRING WYATT RUSSELL, PREMIERES AT 10:00PM ET/PT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - "Preacher" season three continues on Sunday, August 5th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. On the seventh episode, "Hilter," Jesse, Tulip, Gran'ma and Herr Starr form an uneasy partnership in order to avert the apocalypse, while Cassidy and Eccarius grow closer. The episode is written by Carla Ching and directed by Michael Morris.

In Season three, Jesse Custer's quest for God takes him back to the place he's been avoiding his whole life: home. Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised, and find old grudges and deadly obligations await them. With the help of his friends -- and a few enemies -- Jesse will need to escape his past... because the future of the world depends on it.

"Preacher" stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, Graham McTavish, Pip Torrens, Julie Ann Emery, Malcolm Barrett and new series regulars Betty Buckley ("Supergirl," "Split") and Colin Cunningham ("Blood Drive," "Falling Skies"). Jeremy Childs ("The Last Castle," "Nashville"), Liz McGeever ("Star, Nashville"), Jonny Coyne ("Turn," "Alcatraz"), Adam Croasdell ("Reign") and Prema Cruz ("Mozart in the Jungle") are recurring guest stars.

The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for television by executive producer and showrunner Sam Catlin ("Breaking Bad") and executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("Sausage Party," "This is the End," "Superbad"). The series is also executive produced by James Weaver for Point Grey Pictures, Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur, Vivian Cannon, Jason Netter, Michael Slovis, Mark McNair, Garth Ennis, Ken F. Levin and Sara Goodman.

The season four premiere of AMC's original series "Better Call Saul" airs Monday, August 6th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. On the season premiere, "Smoke," Jimmy struggles to cope with Chuck's tragic death, while Mike ponders his role at Madrigal and Howard makes a startling confession. The episode is written by Peter Gould and directed by Minkie Spiro.

In "Better Call Saul's" fourth season, Chuck's death catalyzes Jimmy McGill's (Bob Odenkirk) transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer - and his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) - in jeopardy. Chuck's (Michael McKean) death deeply affects former colleagues Howard (Patrick Fabian) and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill.

Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive's newest (and most thorough) security consultant. It's a volatile time to be in Gus Fring's employ, as Hector's collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos - tearing apart both Gus and Nacho's well-laid plans. While Gus changes course, Nacho finds himself in the crosshairs of deadly forces.

The critically acclaimed drama is executive produced by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison. The series recently garnered a 2018 Peabody Award, and, over three seasons, has earned 23 Emmy(R) Award nominations, three Golden Globe(R) Award nominations, two Writers Guild Awards, three Critics' Choice Awards, a Television Critics Association Award and two AFI Awards for "TV Programs of the Year," among many other Guild nominations. Created by Gilligan and Gould, the series stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito.

The series premiere of "Lodge 49" airs Monday, August 6th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT titled "As Above, So Below." Dud finds himself deposited by fate at the doorstep of Lodge 49, a dusty fraternal order which offers cheap beer and strange alchemical philosophies. This episode is written by Jim Gavin and executive produced by Randall Einhorn, who also directed this episode.

"Lodge 49" is a light-hearted, endearing modern fable set in Long Beach, California about a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer, Dud (Wyatt Russell), who's drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business. Dud serendipitously finds himself on the doorstep of a rundown fraternal lodge, where a middle-aged plumbing salesman and "Luminous Knight" of the order, Ernie (Jennings), welcomes him into a world of cheap beer, easy camaraderie and the promise of Alchemical mysteries that may - or may not - put Dud on the path to recover the idyllic life he's lost. Jim Gavin (Author, Middle Men) serves as creator, writer, and executive-producer alongside showrunner Peter Ocko (Pushing Daisies, The Office). Additional executive producers include Paul Giamatti ("Billions," Sideways, Outsiders, Hoke), Dan Carey (Outsiders, Hoke, John Dies at the End, All Is Bright) and Jeff Freilich ("Halt and Catch Fire," "Grace and Frankie").

About AMC

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series with "Mad Men" in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before "Breaking Bad" won it in 2013 and 2014. The network's series "The Walking Dead" is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC's other current original drama series include "Better Call Saul," "Fear the Walking Dead," "The Terror," "Into the Badlands," "Humans," "Preacher," "The Son," "McMafia," "Dietland," "Lodge 49" and the forthcoming "The Little Drummer Girl." AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like "Talking Dead," "Talking With Chris Hardwick," "AMC Visionaries" and "Ride with Norman Reedus." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

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BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
Returns in TBA 2019 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
2/8/15 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2018/2019 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
5 (??? episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2018-19 season (the show's fifth) on 7/28/18
DESCRIPTION:
(from AMC's press release, July 2018) AMC announced today from the Television Critics' Association (TCA) Press Tour that it has renewed a slate of popular series including "Better Call Saul" and "Fear The Walking Dead" for their fifth seasons and "McMafia" for its second season. "In an environment where viewer choice is almost unlimited, the success of these shows is especially meaningful, with characters and stories that our viewers connect with and return to season after season," said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "It's a privilege to continue collaborating with and sharing the vision of the talented creatives behind these series, and we're excited to start exploring the next chapter in the lives of these unique and complex characters." "Better Call Saul's" pick-up comes just ahead of its highly-anticipated season four premiere on Monday, August 6th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Season three of the critically acclaimed series ranked as the #5 cable drama among adults 25-54. Executive produced by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison, "Better Call Saul". recently garnered a 2018 Peabody Award, and, over three seasons, has earned 23 Emmy(R) Award nominations, three Golden Globe(R) Award nominations, two Writers Guild Awards, three Critics' Choice Awards, a Television Critics Association Award and two AFI Awards for "TV Programs of the Year," among many other Guild nominations. A Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production and created by Gilligan and Gould, the series stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman
· Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut
· Michael Mando as Nacho
· Michael McKean as Chuck
· Patrick Fabian as Hamlin
· Rhea Seehorn as Kim
CREW INFORMATION:
· Mark Johnson as EP
· Melissa Bernstein as EP
· Peter Gould as CRTR/EP
· Stewart A. Lyons as CO-EP
· Thomas Schnauz as CO-EP
· Vince Gilligan as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Sony Pictures Television